October 24th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

Parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York Get Hit by Fall's First Snowfall

With Halloween around the corner, the weather is giving the northeastern quarter of the United States a taste of the Christmas spirit.

A wintery cold front plunging down from Canada is shoving America's fall weather down towards the Gulf of Mexico and replacing it with frost and in some places snow.

Jack Frost is nipping at noses in the Midwest, where temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees colder than average, the National Weather Service says.

“Here in the city of Chicago, we saw traceable snow just a few days ago, last year, it wasn't until November that we saw snow,” reports CNN’s George Howell.

Thursday night temperatures are predicted to fall into the 20s, and residents from Missouri to Pennsylvania will need to unpack their ice scrapers for their morning commutes, along with winter coats.

A belt of hard freezes threatens crops, as it stretches to farmland in the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys, extending possibly into the Carolinas and into north Georgia.

Moisture from the Great Lakes is predicted to combine with the cold weather to produce snow in areas downwind.

Residents of Columbus, Ohio, and Baraboo, Wisconsin, watched flurries come down on Wednesday.

Western New York state may see as much as a foot of snowfall in the coming days, but high temperatures will rise into the 40s, making it hard for much of it to stick.

“So colder temperatures, snow, scarves,…this just may be the new normal.”

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